Many people today shy away from regular over-the-counter or prescription medication for a variety of reasons. Maybe you want to stray from negative side effects, or maybe you’re worried about relying on something that contains chemicals and ingredients that you find it hard to even pronounce. One thing is for sure, if you’re looking for more natural ways to relive pain, there is a world of opportunity at your fingertips.
Natural Ways to Relieve Pain
You might be squeamish before you’ve tried it, but millions of people swear by acupuncture, and as long as you have it done by a professional with years of experience, it’s definitely something that you shouldn’t shy away from. Acupuncture is a process where tiny needles are inserted into your skin, depending on where you’re experiencing pain and discomfort.
The belief is that your body has natural energy pathways that can be interrupted. Acupuncture can be one way to re-establish these pathways and help your body to release serotonin, which is a natural chemical your body uses to reduce pain. People who often suffer migraines, headaches, osteoarthritis and chronic pain can be greatly helped by this treatment.
Heat and Cold for Pain Relief
Heat and cold are great ways to provide immediate relief from some types of pain, although it helps to identify whether heat or cold is best for specific conditions. If you have a strained muscle, ligament or tendon, it will feel much better the sooner you can get an ice pack on it. This will help with the swelling and any inflammation and redness. A cold pack can also help with fever, headaches or migraines when applied to the forehead or temples.
If you have arthritis, however, heat is the way to go. A moist heat pack can be heated up in the microwave and then applied to the injured area, being careful of the temperature to avoid burns. Heat is also wonderful when applied to your feet in the event that you catch a cold, and using a heat bag in your bed before going to sleep can take the edge off your chill. It’s also interesting to note that heat may be helpful after you’ve iced a strain or sprain to alleviate stiffness.
Massage to Relieve Pain
Massage can be a wonderful and relaxing way to relieve pain, although you may feel stiff or a bit sore the day after, depending on how deep the masseuse applied pressure and also by how well you stayed hydrated. If you suffer from soreness or an ache, a Swedish or traditional massage that is gentle but works out knots can help your body relax. If you have specific areas that need work, talk to your massage therapist about where you’d like him or her to focus their energies. The use of certain warming oils can also help clear away tension and the atmosphere of the spa itself can help alleviate pain brought on by stress.
Baths for Pain Relief
It might seem too simple, but a warm bath can have a big effect on pain relief, especially if you create an atmosphere around it in which you can have quiet relaxation. Epsom salts can ease tired muscles and reduce tension, and the warmth from the water will help alleviate any aches. Light some candles or at least lower the lights, turn on the fan for white noise, and then either read or simply focus on some quiet music and feel your stress melt away.
Exercise for Pain Relief
Exercise! If your muscles and joints are underused, you may suffer from pain that could easily be dispensed with through a good and regular exercise routine. Join a yoga class to stretch everything out, or walk or jog through a pretty area in your location. You can have lots of fun and gain pain relief at a boot camp or by having regular sessions with a trainer.
If you find your joints can’t take a lot of pressure in the beginning, start with something super low impact like swimming. You don’t have to do lanes if you find that unappealing; most pools offer a wide range of pool exercises. The water will support any aches you experience and still allow for a full body workout. You can also benefit from a post pool session in the hot tub!
Essential Oils to Relieve Pain
Essential oils also lend themselves well to pain relief, either applied directly to the skin or inhaled. You can use them in a diffuser or inhale by placing them on linens before you sleep. Different oils offer a different range of health benefits and pain relief, so do some research and find what works best for you.
Some of them can even be taken internally (although be cautious with this as some will cause adverse affects). If you suffer from pain delivered with a cold, try unblocking sinuses with eucalyptus. If you have a headache, try dabbing a little calming lavender on your temples or even your wrists. If your pain stems from a sore throat or sore muscles, rub cooling peppermint into the area for instant relief.
Relieving Pain with Diet, Hydration
One of the best ways you can stave off aches and pain is to keep fit and stick to a good diet and hydration. Keeping your weight at optimal levels will reduce undue pressure on joints and muscles, and allow for your body to have greater flexibility and movement.
How to Treat Arthritis Symptoms at Home
Natural remedies for arthritis are difficult to find. Some home remedies are simply not effective, while other treatments for arthritis may contain harsh chemicals and additives.
Prescription drugs for arthritis can certainly be effective, but most people prefer to go the natural route. Natural products applied topically can provide rapid relief from arthritis pain and even help to prevent arthritis symptoms.
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About the author:
This article was written by Sam Socorro from Steam Shower Store. She has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.